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The word dominance has been used to describe the masterpiece of the 1985 Chicago Bears. Any self-proclaimed Chicagoans should already be aware of the pillars holding up this beautiful foundation: Walter Payton, Buddy Ryan, Mike Ditka, Richard Dent, and many more.
Another example of a masterpiece happened on the 26th of January 1986, in a match between the Bears and New England Patriots. Up to that point, it could be considered the biggest blowout in Super Bowl history. With a modest final score of 46-10.
Although, you may be wondering, what is the most dominant performance since then? Well, luckily for you, we have compiled a list of all the greatest ever-played performances. Let’s get straight into it!
Super Bowl XXIX: 49ers 49, Charges 26 (1995)
Key stat: Young produces six touchdown passes, creating a Super Bowl single-play record.
The 49ers came into this game as an extraordinary 19-point favorite. They did not disappoint anyone who took the over (52) and definitely not anyone laying the points. The highlight of the game with quarterback Steve Young. Just within the first quarter, he hit both Jerry Rice and Ricky Watters with 44-yard and 51-yard touchdown passes. Rice racked up 149 receiving yards and scored three times.
Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8 (2014)
Key stat: Just within 12 seconds, 12 seconds was all it took for the Seahawks to score.
For a 2-0 Seattle lead and quick safety, an errant snap sailed Peyton Manning and into the end zone. The defeat was imminent. After a Marshawn Lynch score, a pair of field goals, a Jermaine Kearse touchdown reception, a Percy Harvin kickoff return to the house, and a pick-six by Malcom Smith, the Seahawks became a team to be reckoned with. Leading the game 36-0 and never looking back.
Super Bowl XXII: Redskins 42, Broncos 10 (1988)
Key stat: Washington pulled off 35 points in just the second quarter.
This game is featured on this list simply from the sheer magnitude of the second stanza. In the first quarter, the Broncos made a pouncing start, thanks to a touchdown pass from John Elway and field goal. That’s when everything erupted. What was unbelievable about the 35-point charge was the speed at which it happened. In less than 64 seconds, four out of five of those touchdown drives took place. Two of these drives – with a Doug Williams 80-yard strike to Ricky Sanders and a Timmy Smith 58-yard run to the house – happened within the first and second plays of the drive. Overall, on the day of the four touchdowns, Williams counted 340-yards passing.
Super Bowl XX: Bears 46, Patriots 10 (1986)
Key stat: With 11 attempts, the Bears managed to hold New England to only seven.
At the half, the game could’ve comfortably been 35-3 – a half which showed the Bears holding Tony Eason, the Patriots quarterback, to zero yards during six different pass attempts. Buddy Ryan’s defense dominated the game in every fashion, accumulating two interceptions, a safety, and seven sacks. William Perry bulldozed his way up the field to the end zone for a score. All while a brutal Gary Fencik hut generated a fumble which led to a recovery from Wilber Marshall and a jovial lateral from Otis Wilson. Here, you witnessed the rise of legends.
Super Bowl XXIV: 49ers 55, Broncos 10 (1990)
Key stat: John Elway’s line: two INTs, 10-26, lost fumble and sacked four times for a QB rating of 19.4.
After four years of the destruction of the Patriots by the Bears, the San Francisco 49ers had the most comprehensively dominant Super Bowl performance in all of Super Bowl history. Already three-time Super Bowl winners within a decade and defending champions, in New Orleans the Niners took to the field against the likes of the Denver Broncos and John Elway, keeping their foot on the gas and never bothering to release it.
With apologies to Bears fans everywhere, it has to be said that the Montana-led 49ers fabricated the most dominating Super Bowl win in all of NFL history. While the San Fran offense tore up the Bronco’s secondary, the defensive efforts can’t be forgotten as highlighted by Elway’s numbers. Holding two of the team’s six sacks and recovering a fumble was Danny Stubbs. To this day, the Niners are the only team to score eight TDs in a Super Bowl match. In just over a minute into the fourth quarter, they had already accumulated 55 points. Resulting in their second consecutive championship.
All in all, the Niners managed to hold possession of the ball for nearly two-thirds of the whole game, generated over 460 yards of total offense (all while holding the Broncos to 167), and dominated four turnovers, whilst making sure not to turn the ball over themselves.
In the future, one day we may be able to see a performance as perfect as this Super Bowl match; although, it is difficult to conceive just exactly what this would look like.
Whether you are an avid Super Bowl watcher, or just watch it when it’s on the television, everyone can appreciate the dedication and drive that goes into playing football, and all the games listed here are a testament to this. From the Super Bowl XXIX: 49ers 49, Charges 26 in 1995, to the Super Bowl XLVIII: Seahawks 43, Broncos 8 in 2014, to the Super Bowl XXIX: 49ers 55, Broncos 10 in 1990, all these games have demonstrated exceptional play with extremely dominant wins. Hopefully, this guide has informed you about the 5 most dominant wins in Super Bowl history.